Allison is one of our closest friends and an incredibly talented artist. We caught up with her and her boyfriend at her artist compound in Landers, California.
When I'm painting, I'm present. I'm un-planned. I'm slow, and patient, and open.
It's an active meditation that brings me to a quiet place that can be hard for me to find otherwise.
How did murals happen and how have they changed your career?
A gallerist in Santa Fe was drawn to my illustrative works and approached me for a mural project. At the time, I was making mostly small works on paper and I had barely considered working at a larger scale (let alone a mural). We didn't go through with that project, but the seed was planted and I started to practice making larger studio work while I hunted for a wall to paint. The LA based organization Beautify Earth eventually hooked me up with my first wall, and at over 50' long, it was a big one. I painted it for free, and I found the process so energizing that I worked 14 hour days til it was finished. Since then, that surprise inquiry from a stranger in New Mexico has turned into a whole new branch of my business, which has kept me quite busy and taken me all over the world to paint.
What are your biggest struggles?
I'm pretty bad at going slow, and pretty bad at feeling sad.
As a product of both my generation and my personality, I'm obsessed with productivity - and I use it as my main coping mechanism. I feel best when I'm active and crossing things off my list - and I really struggle with slowing down enough to make room for idle time. When I moved to the Joshua Tree desert two years ago, I started to really practice slowing down and I found that doing less can trigger feelings of insecurity or sadness in me which shows me that my sense of self worth and identity are still closely tied to what I do in the world. The pandemic has been the perfect icing on the cake - slowing me way down, and in turn bringing up a lot of sadness. I'm slowly learning how to accept my own grief, and working on strengthening tools that actually process sadness, instead of merely distracting me from it.
What are your favorite accomplishments?
I'm just humbly amazed that I get to make art for a living.
What part of your personality are you most thankful for?
The part that is deeply curious about the inner workings of myself, and the people close to me.
What does your favorite or ideal sunday afternoon look like?
Surf so fun that I refuse get out of the water until I can't paddle anymore, a delicious brunch feast, an outdoor shower, a long nap, capped off by sharing a home cooked meal under the stars, laughing with people I love.
What gives you hope for the future?
The fact that each year seems to be better than the last.
What would you like to bless the world with? Pick one word.
What excites you about being an LSA ambassador?
More reasons to drop into the store for hugs and high-fives, plus all the bitchin free swag.
What are you doing next? How can people get involved?
I'll be releasing a new set of high quality fine art prints as an affordable way for folks to beautify their homes and grow their art collection - if you want a heads up when they're released, you can join my mailing list
Where are all the places people can learn more about you?
Website - allisonkunath.com
Instagram - @allisonkunath